Updated: 8/13/2018 6:15:15 AM
The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 430 and the government is estimating economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars. The national disaster agency said Monday the Aug. 5 quake killed 436 people, most of whom died in collapsing buildings.
The magnitude 7.0 quake flattened thousands of homes and according to the disaster agency's latest estimate has displaced about 350,000 people.
"The damage and losses are very large," said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Updated: 8/10/2018 8:14:42 AM
The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by a third big earthquake in more than a week. The quake that struck Lombok Island and the three nearby Gili islands on Sunday left at least 321 people dead and displaced more than 270,000. The worst damage was in North Lombok, where entire villages were destroyed. The United States Geological Service put the magnitude of the quake at 6.9.
The Indonesian authorities say that no foreigners were among the dead. But one enduring image of the disaster will be the crowds of foreign tourists waiting at the beach to board rescue vessels.
Some tourists complained of long waits and pushing and shoving as evacuees boarded the first boats. A few tourists offered local boat captains large sums to take them off the island rather than wait for free government rescue boats.
“The panic and chaos made people willing to do anything to get what they want, including offering to pay any amount to be transported,” said Mr. Guntur, the Tourism Ministry spokesman.
In all, the government evacuated more than 2,000 foreign tourists from the three Gili islands.
“The criticism came from people’s psychological condition,” he said. “The crude comments were because everybody wanted to get on the boat first.”
Updated: 8/9/2018 3:03:39 AM
The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as an official said the death toll from an earlier quake had topped 220.
The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic and damage. It was centered in the northeast of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.
Nyoman Sidekarya, chief of the provincial search and rescue agency that covers Lombok, told The Associated Press that the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake is now 227.
Updated: 8/8/2018 1:52:08 AM
Aid has started to arrive in isolated areas of the Indonesian island of Lombok, following an earthquake that killed at least 131 people, as rescuers continued to find bodies in the rubble.
Volunteers and rescue workers were putting up more temporary shelters on Wednesday for the tens of thousands of people left homeless by the magnitude-6.9 quake on Sunday evening. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from lorries.
Updated: 8/7/2018 2:06:04 AM
Rescuers on the Indonesian island of Lombok have been struggling to reach possible survivors after the devastating earthquake due to a lack of equipment.
In some districts in northern Lombok, authorities said more than half the homes had been destroyed or badly damaged by the quake on Sunday, which has killed at least 98 people and injured 269. There was massive damage, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster management agency, and some areas were unreachable.
Updated: 8/6/2018 5:30:58 AM
An operation is underway to evacuate thousands of tourists after a deadly earthquake that rocked some of Indonesia's most idyllic islands late Sunday night.
At least 98 people, all Indonesian nationals, were killed when the 6.9 magnitude quake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok, Indonesian authorities said Monday. More than 200 were also injured.
The majority of those killed in the quake were hit by falling debris from collapsing buildings and estimated 20,000 people have been displaced by the massive earthquake, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of Indonesia's disaster management department said.
Emergency personnel were racing to evacuate thousands of tourists from the three small Gili Islands as night began to fall. So far, up to 2,700 tourists have been moved from the Gili Islands, according to Nugroho. He added that Lombok's airport was now open around the clock and had significantly increased its flight schedule.
Updated: 8/6/2018 2:20:43 AM
Indonesia earthquake leaves at least 91 dead in Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather for safety in open spaces, but a tsunami warning was lifted after waves just 15 centimetres high were recorded in three villages.
Updated: 8/5/2018 10:01:49 AM
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's resort islands of Bali and Lombok on Sunday, causing people to rush out of homes, hotels and restaurants. Three people were feared dead and injuries were reported, local government and Red Cross officials said.
Strong aftershocks ranging from 5.4- to 4.3-magnitude followed the main quake, the USGS said.
Published Sunday, July 29, 2018
The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday.
The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km east of Bali.
Hundreds of people are injured and thousands of homes are damaged, officials say.
A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani is among those killed.
The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the earthquake was 50km north-east of the city of Mataram, in northern Lombok.
It was followed by more than 60 smaller earthquakes, with the largest recorded at a magnitude of 5.7.
"The main focus now is evacuation and rescue. Some of the injured are still being treated at clinics," said Mr. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country's disaster agency.
A deep 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning. However, a small tsunami has hit the coast of Bali.
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